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Paradigms in Phonological Theory$
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Laura J. Downing, T. Alan Hall, and Renate Raffelsiefen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267712.001.0001

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Capitalistic v. Militaristic: The Paradigm Uniformity Effect Reconsidered

Capitalistic v. Militaristic: The Paradigm Uniformity Effect Reconsidered

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(p.107) 5 Capitalistic v. Militaristic: The Paradigm Uniformity Effect Reconsidered
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Paradigms in Phonological Theory
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Stuart Davis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267712.003.0005

This chapter argues for a different view than Steriade's of the paradigm uniformity effect with respect to the distinction between capitalistic v. militaristic. It contends that the nonflapping of the /t/ in the third syllable of mìlitarìstic reflects a general pattern in American English and need not be a paradigm uniformity effect. This is evidenced by the metrically comparable monomorphemic words such as Mèditerránean and Návratilóva both of which also have a nonflapped /t/ at the beginning of the third syllable. Rather, what needs to be explained is the flapped /t/ in the third syllable of càpitalístic. The chapter argues that the flap can be explained by paradigm uniformity with cápital. However, the uniformity effect involves uniformity of foot structure with cápital. Consequently, the paradigm uniformity effect with cápital does not specifically involve a noncontrastive phonetic feature as Steriade has argued.

Keywords:   paradigm uniformity, capitalistic, militaristic, flap, Steriade

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